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  • Biden’s USPS Electric Fleet Mandate a Shock to Taxpayers

    Ross Marchand on February 01, 2021

    Over the past few months, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has seen more than its fair share of turmoil. Thousands of workers are quarantined, net losses remain stubbornly high ($9.2 billion last year), and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s long-overdue operational changes have been met with scorn and conspiracizing.

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  • Lawmakers Must Examine Real Issues Plaguing the Postal Service

    Ross Marchand on January 26, 2021

    Most lawmakers and policymakers agree that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is in dire need of reform. Unfortunately, many suggestions for America’s mail carrier to get back into the black fail to address the root causes of the agency’s problems.

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  • Postal service needs reform, not a bailout

    Ross Marchand on December 21, 2020

    Another day, another proposal for bailing out the United States Postal Service (USPS). The most recent coronavirus-related relief package would forgive $10 billion worth of loans already given to the struggling agency earlier this year. This loan forgiveness would only succeed in kicking the urgent task of postal reform further down the road. Instead of writing off red ink, President-elect Joe Biden and Congress need to work together with Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy to change the way America’s mail carrier does business.
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  • How to debloat the postal bureaucracy

    Ross Marchand on July 16, 2019

    Job relocations happen every day. Except in Washington, D.C. Tempers flared when the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, announced the impending relocation of more than 500 employees to the Kansas City region, even though the move was set to save taxpayers $20 million per year without hurting the agency’s operations.

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  • Postal-Pricing Problems Cost Consumers Dearly

    Ross Marchand on June 05, 2019

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    This article originally appeared in Morning Consult on June 5, 2019.

    There is a severe problem with leadership at the U.S. Postal Service as the agency’s fiscal cracks grow wider by the day. In the second quarter of 2019, the USPS reported net losses of $2.1 billion and declining revenues nearly across the board. The one bright spot is shipping and packaging volume (up .3 percent compared to the same quarter last year), but “competitive products” revenue from items such as packages don’t nearly make up for the gargantuan drop in regular mail volume. This “bright spot” may actually exacerbate USPS’ problems unless they lift the veil of secrecy of pricing and make the rates more realistic. 
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  • On World IP Day, Return Mail Case Shows Importance of IP Protection

    Ross Marchand on April 26, 2019

    World IP Day (April 26, 2019) is a day to recognize the importance of innovators in making all lives easier and better. While the U.S. remains at the top of global intellectual property (IP) rankings, there are still serious threats to IP protection in the U.S..  Since the start of the decade, inventors have increasingly been thrown to the curb as infringers made use of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) to render patents invalid in a “streamlined” process absent due process. Now, the federal government (via the United States Postal Service) is trying to push the system’s boundaries, arguing that it should be allowed to have patents invalidated through PTAB without legal recourse.   Like most other government agencies, the Postal Service uses the principle of “sovereign immunity” to shield itself against most legal claims. Even when the government can be sued, a different set of rules apply to agencies. If the USPS takes someone’s IP and a court finds that they’ve infringed on an invention, it’s impossible to force the agency to stop use via injunction.  The worst that can happen is a financial penalty.
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Hill Briefing on Postal Reform

TPA hosted a hill briefing on Postal Reform, featuring Justin Sykes with Americans for Tax Reform; David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Kevin Kosar with the R Street Institute; Steve Pociask with the American Consumer Institute; and George Landrith with Frontiers of Freedom.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E3: House Unveils USPS "Reform" Legislation

In our latest Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses new legislation introduced in the House aimed at "reforming" the troubled USPS. We also touch on not just TPA's concerns, but the concerns of our coalition partners as well.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E2: New Postal Employee Survey & Senate Hearing on Opioids/USPS

In our second Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses a new survey done by the USPS looking at employee morale... and the results are troubling. Also, a brief update on a recent Senate hearing focused on drug trafficking via the USPS.

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TPA's Michi Iljazi on Comcast Newsmakers Talking Postal Service Reform

Watch TPA's Michi Iljazi talk with Comcast Newsmakers about how to reform the United States Postal Service.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E1: Introducing the new website!

Listen to TPA President David Williams discuss the new USPS Reform partner website (www.postalreformforus.org) and why reforming the post office is critical!

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TPA President David Williams joins 'Capital Insider' to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

Watch TPA President David Williams as he joins WJLA's 'Capital Insider' to discuss much needed and long overdue reforms that the U.S. Postal Service should move on in the coming year.

TPA President David Williams joins Capital Insider to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

US Postal Service Holiday Video!

Taxpayers Protection Alliance wants the USPS to remain focused on their stated mission of ensuring mail is delivered and to stay away from new initiatives that infringe on the free market and will cost taxpayers!